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'Hurricane Amnesia' hits many in state
"Hurricane Amnesia" is suffered by those who forget the destructive force of the powerful storms once the winds have died down and the floodwaters have receded. Others have grown complacent because it has been so many years since the last major storm hit the state, said Mike Stone, spokesman for the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
"Every year, we go through this, because Florida is a very dynamic state of nearly 17 million people," Stone said. "It's a great place to live, but six months out of the year, it is hurricane season, and no place in the state is immune to some type of storm."
The last major hurricane to hit a large urban area in Florida was Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Hurricane Opal struck the Panhandle hard in 1995, and Hurricane Floyd teamed with Hurricane Irene to give portions of the state a good drenching in 1999.
But Floridians should take the recent lack of hurricane horror as cause for concern, not relief, cautioned Frank Lepore of the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Historical climate records indicate that hurricanes return on average at certain intervals. For example, a Category 4 hurricane would pass within 75 miles of Tampa every four to six years, he said.
Florida is due for a similar hit, forecasters say. They are predicting 12 to 15 tropical storms this season, with six to eight of those becoming hurricanes. Two to four of those could become major hurricanes, according to the National Hurricane Center.